Dr Ken: The Master Scheduler (Review)

Dr Ken continues to deliver on the comedy front and in The Master Scheduler, the gags are about family dynamics, holiday time and scheduling for vacations. We also learn that Damona is either Bruce Wayne/Batman…or a “rich dude with a leather fetish.”


SUZY NAKAMURA, ALBERT TSAI, KRISTA MARIE YU

Dr Ken continues to deliver on the comedy front and in The Master Scheduler, the gags are about family dynamics, holiday time and scheduling for vacations. We also learn that Damona is either Bruce Wayne/Batman…or a “rich dude with a leather fetish.”

Once again the ensemble works well. Damona shares center stage with Ken and these two still make a good team. As double acts go, Tisha Campbell Martin and Ken Jeong do well with Martin’s character pretty much playing straight man but able to bounce back into comedic delivery when needed.

As usual Kate Simses gets off one or two really good ones. “You still have B-B-Q…” and “you knew what??” As Dr Julie, the actress manages to get out a number of punch lines that tickle and delight.

The show starts with a stressed out Allison (Suzy Nakamura) excited about the upcoming Ha-vie-ee trip sans kids. Before the two Park children learn about being left home, Molly asks for a new bikini (“Stuff got real this year,” she says sticking out her chest in a pose) and Dave says he too needs a new suit as  he has been tightening the front porch.

Cue a dilemma where Allison tells Ken off for not telling the kids that it is an adult only trip. Later, Molly and Dave work on their strategy to get included to the Hawaii vacation.  Molly (Krista Marie Yu)  coaches little brother Dave (Albert Tsai) on the two techniques meant to sway their mother.

This is another instance that proves just how well these two young actors work together. The whole scene with the fork, where Dave has his arm curled around the dinner plate with a snarl planted firmly on lip, while Molly urges him to protect his meal is funny. As is the switch to “the face” where Dave’ countenance changes to weepy.

While mother Allison does not fall for either one, Molly assures Dave that if they keep it up, it will work.  Dave snarls and flourishes the fork again and sis tells him not that a look, the other one. All quite funny.

KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA
Ken, Allison and “that” face..

The opening sequence of the show has Allison talking to a patient who has issues dealing with the holidays and offers some comic phone moments.  After the new swimsuit interaction it is revealed that the kids are not invited. Firstly Molly shouts about wanting  to learn how to surf and Dave says he wanted to see how resentful the “locals” are.

Dave gets the final word as he mumbles disbelievingly  to his dad:

“Really? Gangsta gonna play me like that?”

Back at “Welltopia” newly single Pat (Dave Foley) continues his with plans to have sex over the holidays, much to  Clark’s chagrin.  As usual the hospital administrator skirts just shy of being wildly offensive.  Ken learns that he forgot to put in the request for his day off to the master scheduler Phil Stockton.

Panicking, Ken goes to see Phil and after he leaves, Damona learns about the visit. She freaks out because she is the master scheduler, not Stockton.  The whole thing is satisfactorily sorted out and in the end even the Park kids get to go on holiday.

The humor in Dr Ken is the satisfying sort. Funny, not overly offensive and fairly distributed across the board, meaning  everyone has a chance to bring something to the party. Ken Jeong is the master at the “look” (not the type that Dave employs) and while Kate Simses is still brilliant at the perfect push of the low-key gag, Tisha Campbell Martin is moving up as consistent comedic performer.

KEN JEONG, TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, KATE SIMSES, JONATHAN SLAVIN
Damona, Bat Man or A rich dude with a leather fetish…

Dr Ken is good natured fun.  Jeong has perfected his “attitudinal” doctor and regardless of whether he is “living the thug’s life yo,” or rushing to keep his family happy, Ken nails it.  This episode was the mid-season finale and Dr Ken will return in the new year. Stick around and tune in, this is fun and has a cast who deliver. Tune in ABC on Friday night and catch the comedy.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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